At Baselworld 2011, Patek Philippe yet again presented a broad selection of debuts that will delight all connoisseurs and admirers of haute horlogerie. The main focus was on Grand Complication watches – highly complex masterpieces of micro-mechanical ingenuity, featuring combinations of minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, tourbillons, and chronographs.
For the first time in the history of Patek Philippe, the lineup also includes Grand Complication wristwatches for ladies. Only 18 months after the acclaimed launch of the Ladies First chronograph, Patek Philippe is introducing the second stopwatch for women – Ref. 7059R. This time, it is a split-seconds chronograph that not only measures the duration of an event but also allows lap and reference times to be stopped. This ladies chronograph is a true Grand Complication that projects feminine elegance despite the extreme micromechanical complexity of its inner life. No other manufacturer has succeeded in developing a thinner split-seconds movement than the caliber CHR 27-525 PS: only 5.25 mm in height, it is even thinner than most regular chronograph movements. It is integrated in an 8.6 mm Officer’s-style case in 18K rose gold that radiates timeless grace with its sleek contours, straight lugs, and screwed strap bars. The bezel is adorned with 153 and the display back with 76 flawless Top Wesselton brilliant-cut diamonds totaling approx. 1.12 ct. – all of them set by hand by master jewelers. Watchmaking prowess at its finest is showcased through the sapphire-crystal back of the Ref. 7059: two column wheels crowned with polished caps, bridges à l’ancienne chamfered by hand, and lavishly finished steel parts are among the highlights that it reveals. It is a fascinating panorama for ladies who know that beautiful looks and mechanical complexity go well together. Due to the complexity and exclusivity of this timepiece, a purchase can only be made through a formal application process. The potential buyer will need to show a history and affinity with the Patek Philippe brand before being allowed to order this unique timepiece, and the current waiting period for manufacture is between 1 and 2 years. Patek Philippe timepieces are exclusively available through The Watch and Jewellery Gallery in Southern Africa, which is located at Shop 33, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg. For more information please contact the store on 011-7842587 or visit www.patek.com